SB18-145 Implement Employment First Recommendations

On Friday, May 18, 2018, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper visited Fort Collins to sign SB 18-145 which is to “Implement Employment First Recommendations – Concerning the implementation of employment first advisory partnership recommendations to advance competitive integrated employment for persons with disabilities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation” (SB 18-145).  The signing was well-attended by community members, including several student groups from Poudre School District Integrated Services.

 

 

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“Fill the Heart” R-Word Event – borne out of a Mom’s passion for acceptance and inclusion.

“Fill the Heart” is an awareness presentation about the r-word and why it is harmful.  Self-proclaimed “Proud Mom”, Tena Green, expanding on an idea created by her friend more than 10 years ago, presented to the students at Blevins Middle school for the second year in a row, as well as at Webber Middle School.  Tena’s oldest son, Brady, was born with an attribute of Down Syndrome, which is just one reason for this passion project, and for Tena’s drive to make a difference.  Beginning in Minnesota (which continues to this day), and then moving to Colorado, the “Fill the Heart” event has been presented for several years out in the community.  ALL are invited to attend, and to take the pledge to end the r-word.  It was a natural progression to bring this event into schools, and to reinforce the already expanding awareness about the r-word and the damage it causes.  Another positive side-effect is that it brings each school community, as a whole, closer together.  Special Olympics of Colorado lends its support through the donation of materials for this event.  Blevins Principal, David Linehan, wrote in a letter of support, “The Fill the Heart Campaign brought a higher level of consciousness and understanding to our school community for the support of students with special needs.  The program helped reinforce the message to students and staff of acceptance and support for all.”  Mr. Linehan went on to say, “Please consider supporting the Fill the Heart campaign. It made a difference for the children and adults in the Blevins community! It is incredibly satisfying to watch a community of kids cheer, encourage and rally around the students that have additional physical, mental or developmental challenges. The campaign will fill your heart with joy, pride and bring tears of joy to all. We can and do make a difference for kids. All kids!!”

 

 

“Fill the Heart” R-Word Event – borne out of a Mom’s passion for acceptance and inclusion.

“Fill the Heart” is an awareness presentation about the r-word and why it is harmful.  Self-proclaimed “Proud Mom”, Tena Green, expanding on an idea created by her friend more than 10 years ago, presented to the students at Blevins Middle school for the second year in a row, as well as at Webber Middle School.  Tena’s oldest son, Brady, was born with an attribute of Down Syndrome, which is just one reason for this passion project, and for Tena’s drive to make a difference.  Beginning in Minnesota (which continues to this day), and then moving to Colorado, the “Fill the Heart” event has been presented for several years out in the community.  ALL are invited to attend, and to take the pledge to end the r-word.  It was a natural progression to bring this event into schools, and to reinforce the already expanding awareness about the r-word and the damage it causes.  Another positive side-effect is that it brings each school community, as a whole, closer together.  Special Olympics of Colorado lends its support through the donation of materials for this event.  Blevins Principal, David Linehan, wrote in a letter of support, “The Fill the Heart Campaign brought a higher level of consciousness and understanding to our school community for the support of students with special needs.  The program helped reinforce the message to students and staff of acceptance and support for all.”  Mr. Linehan went on to say, “Please consider supporting the Fill the Heart campaign. It made a difference for the children and adults in the Blevins community! It is incredibly satisfying to watch a community of kids cheer, encourage and rally around the students that have additional physical, mental or developmental challenges. The campaign will fill your heart with joy, pride and bring tears of joy to all. We can and do make a difference for kids. All kids!!”

 

 

Dr. Temple Grandin visits Poudre High School!

The PHS Project Unify Club invited Dr. Temple Grandin to speak at Poudre High School on Tuesday, 4/3/18. Dr. Grandin spoke to students and staff about students with different kinds of minds. She captivated the audience with her many accomplishments, including work with NASA and witnessing a recent shuttle launch. Students were actively engaged with questions relating to Dr. Grandin’s inventions, her experiences throughout her schooling, and soliciting her advice about what types of careers and internships she recommends. Dr. Grandin will  return to Poudre High School to work with the Robotics team and the Future Farmers of America Club. 

Congratulations to the Boltz Middle School Unified Program – 2018 Cesar Chavez Student Organization Award recipient!

The Boltz Unified Program is a student-led program that supports the concept of inclusion for all and equity within a school campus.  The Boltz Unified Program offers a class for students who would like to engage in Unified projects, leadership opportunities, school-wide campaigns, health and wellness, and sporting events.  The class is unified with students of all ability levels and backgrounds.  The students travel to Denver every year for the Special Olympics Youth Summit and organize the school-wide “R Word” campaign.  It is heartwarming to see the inclusive messages that the students spread across the Boltz campus.

Cesar Chavez